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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
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Aug 06, 12


I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, but went with 4. The emotions depicted in this debut novel by the two mothers were painfully and, I thought, accurately portrayed. The situation of the story, set in the early 20th century, is an unusual one. Tom Sherbourne takes a job as a lighthouse keeper after serving for four harrowing years on the Western Front. He miraculously finds Isabel, a lovely young woman, who loves him and wants to live with him in this extreme isolation. The isolation of living on Janus Rock is also evoked very nicely. But after 2 miscarriages and one stillbirth, Isabel is grieving and cannot come to terms with her inablity to have children. When a boat washes up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby, her wishes seem to be granted from above. Difficult decisions and moral principles are addressed, as are human emotions that are very understandable and well observed. I was drawn in and understood both sides of this dilemma, and that made it quite a powerful read.
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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy I wavered between 3 and 4 too...and went with 4. When I think of other books I have read that earned my 3, I felt that this one deserved more. I advocate that Goodreads implement a 1/2 star for those of us that are really black and white in our reviews. :)


message 2: by Joy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Joy I agree with implementing 1/2 stars!


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